Man suffers serious burns in fire
A MAN suffered horrific burns to his face, chest and arms and a family of three lost everything after a fire gutted their Bundamba home early yesterday morning.
The family had lived in the Wade St home for 22 years, and awoke to the sound of the downstairs smoke alarms just after 1am.
According to witnesses, the man lived downstairs and was on fire as a 40-year-old mother of two dragged him from the inferno onto the front lawn.
She then returned to reverse a car from the garage to prevent a further explosion as neighbours comforted her children.
The 43-year-old man was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital and remained in a serious condition in the intensive care unit yesterday.
Police had left the scene by noon yesterday and the cause of the fire was still being investigated.
The woman and her daughters, aged 13 and eight, were taken to Ipswich Hospital with smoke inhalation but were released yesterday.
Neighbours were woken by the sound of the two girls screaming and the sight of flames engulfing the home.
The flames almost reached the house next door, forcing firefighters to evacuate the occupants, according to neighbour Wayne Hawes.
Thick black smoke bellowed from the building and at the peak of the fire Mr Hawes could feel the heat of the blaze from across the street.
"By the time I got outside the flames were on the outside of the building and within five minutes the flames were above the roof," he said.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service was still attending to the fire at 4.30am.
Members of the woman's family arrived from the Gold Coast to survey the damage yesterday morning and said they were still in a state of shock.
The woman and her daughters are staying with family members.